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A 36-year-old male asked:

When staging the severity of asthma are the criterias based on symptoms with or without use of medication?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Asthma is staged clinically on the number of need for use of rescue inhalers, night time awakenings, and exacerbations while on baseline medicine (inhaled steroids). It would be unethical not to do so. The physiologic criteria on the other hand is by the pft while off rescue inhalers before the test.

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Last updated Dec 3, 2013

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